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Stay Connected, Part Three: YOUR stories!

Blues News | 3rd June 2020


Cardiff Blues have joined up with OneCom to ensure we Stay Connected during these uncertain times.

We asked to hear YOUR story about how your love for Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Arms Park has grown over the years.

We have been rolling out some of the best entries as we hear about the first time you witnessed match day at the iconic Arms Park, your favourite heroes over the years and, of course, your highlights as a supporter.

ANTONY ESPOSTI

How long have you been watching Cardiff Blues?

Cardiff rugby since 1992.

When was your first game at Cardiff Arms Park and what can you remember about the occasion?

I had been to a few games here and there after getting free tickets from school (Cathays High) when playing rugby.   My dad liked rugby but didn’t go a lot to club rugby until the Rebel Season. We went to that first game and then bought a season ticket the next day. The atmosphere was amazing and instantly the place felt like home to me.  I’ve still got some incredible memories from that season even though it was 20 years ago now! 

My dad died towards the end of that season, so Cardiff got my heart, they were my connection to him. I always found CAP a calming place after that and would often just wander in and stare out over the pitch to collect my thoughts.  My mum got a season ticket the next year and we ended up going to away games and bonding through the club. Now my mum goes to more away games than I do!

Who was your first Cardiff Blues idol?

Dan Baugh

What is your all time favourite game?

Gloucester v Cardiff Blues in the Heineken cup 2009. That was the moment I realised with some better luck we could have won that cup

Which season stands out as your favourite?

Rebel Season 1998/99

BARRIE PREECE

How long have you been watching Cardiff Blues?

Four years.

When was your first game at Cardiff Arms Park and what can you remember about the occasion?

I came on my own, knowing nobody.  It was a bit surreal.  It was before I had a season ticket so had bought a ticket in the stand.  Asked for directions and the staff were brilliant, actually walked me though the clubhouse.

I wasn't living in Wales at that time but in Berkshire so I was a long distance fan for some time.  Then we moved to Powys and it takes me the same amount of time to get to CAP from there as it did from Reading.  So 160 mile round trip for every home game plus the overnight stays.  Worth every penny.  Good friends, good atmosphere, (mostly) good rugby.

Who was your first Cardiff Blues idol?

Josh Navidi.

What is your all time favourite game?

Difficult,  so many stand out.  The ones with late comeback wins obviously stick out but the absolute thrashing of the Scarlets was a great day

Which season stands out as your favourite?

Simple - last Challenge Cup win in 2017/18.

Who do you consider to be Cardiff Blues biggest rivals?

Locally I suppose the Dragons but all derbies are special